Kumeu River - Village Chardonnay 2017
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Incorporating approximately 20% Hawke's Bay fruit from a recently acquired vineyard, the 2017 Village Chardonnay is one of the strongest I can recall, despite a challenging vintage. Mainly fermented and aged in older barrels, it's medium-bodied and plump in the mouth, with notes of peach and pineapple. Creamy, soft and custardy in texture, it picks up a crisp, citrusy edge on the finish. Drink 2019-2022. JC
The biggest news at this consistent producer, improbably located on the outskirts of Auckland, is that the new releases include fruit from a Hawke's Bay vineyard purchased by the Brajkovich family two years ago. Originally developed by a partnership between Trinity Hill and the Loire's Jolivet family, the vineyard has allowed Kumeu River to make a credible Sauvignon Blanc. The limestone-rich vineyard includes some Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plantings, which winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW is using to supplement and improve the Kumeu Village offerings. In the 2017 vintage, which was threatened by rain, the Auckland estate's moderate yields and warm location allowed harvesting prior to the rains that wreaked havoc with wines from many other parts of New Zealand. As always, the 2017 Chardonnays here are stunning, as proven by the numerous blind tastings Brajkovich has held, pitting his wines against premier cru Burgundies. These are wines not to be missed by Chardonnay lovers.
A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.